Be a role model for SADD students. Advisors have the ability
to demonstrate collaboration, compassion, active listening,
positive decision-making, a respect for differences, appropriate
behavior, and a number of other values and skills that students
need to learn to be successful in their SADD chapter and individual
SADDs mission and act as a resource for information
about alcohol and other drugs, impaired driving, and other
related issues. Advisors are not required to have expertise
in the issues that their SADD chapters choose to address.
It is, however, very helpful to the SADD chapter if the advisor
is able to direct students to available resources that will
provide the information they need.
define SADDs philosophy and mission to interested students.
Help students understand the difference between enabling and
being a friend. Often, students struggle with how to appropriately
respond to their peers drinking and/or other destructive
behaviors. An advisor can assist young people in learning
how to offer healthy support to their friends without compromising
their own values and choices.
SADD students in recruiting peers from diverse backgrounds.
The SADD chapter should represent all the different grades
and youth populations in the school. Advisors can help chapters
identify and become recognized as an inclusive group in which
students of different skill sets, peer groups, and other identities
(gender, race, religion, socioeconomic background, sexual
orientation, etc.) are welcome and embraced.
with and empower students to achieve the goals and objectives
of the SADD chapter. Foster a positive community atmosphere
among all SADD students in which individuals feel comfortable
and respect one another. SADD students are most successful
when they know their advisor trusts and believes in them.
students make decisions about policy and procedures for their
SADD chapter (electing officers, meeting times, etc.). There
are different models of governance. Help SADD students choose
the model that they feel is the best fit for the chapter.€
Your State Coordinator can be a valuable resource. By contacting
your State Coordinator, you will receive important state information,
including details about available state conferences, program
grants, state leadership boards, campaign information, and
training opportunities. Check the SADD Web site at www.sadd.org
or contact SADD National toll-free at 877-SADD-INC (723-3462)
to see if your state has a SADD State Coordinator.
your chapter by completing the registration form online at
www.sadd.org or by requesting a form from SADD National at
877-SADD-INC (723-3462). Registering will ensure that you
receive all mailings from SADD National. Please be sure to
re-register your chapter every fall.
in touch with SADD National. We're eager to hear about your
wonderful work. Please send pictures and details of your events
and activities; your chapter might be featured on the SADD
Web site, in the SADD newsletter, or the annual report.
as liaison between school administration and the SADD chapter.
Often, SADD chapters need administrators collaboration
to achieve their goals. By cultivating interest and support
from key administrators, staff, and other adults in the community,
advisors can gain support for SADD programming and activities.
as facilitator for all student efforts and activities related
to SADD. Help students complete the tasks they have taken
on by gently providing support, guidance, and direction when
needed. The goal is to empower students to feel ownership
of projects and get the work done. Advisors often need to
teach SADD students how to do things and refrain from doing
things for them.
the chapter to involve community members, such as local law
enforcement, government officials, charitable organizations,
etc., in activities related to SADD. Community involvement
strengthens SADD programming because it brings together resources
and helps youth and adults move toward a common goal. Community
involvement promotes real change in which young people and
adults work together to change destructive attitudes and behavior.
a "friendly ear" and support to all student concerns.
Often students seek their advisors counsel on projects,
activities, school and family issues, and other personal situations.
Successful advisors always respect and value their SADD students
input and experiences and lend support and compassion when
students divulge personal feelings or perspectives.
a strong relationship with parents. Parents can be a key component
to the success of a SADD chapter. If supportive and enthusiastic,
they can reinforce SADD and provide assistance at various
levels. They can help by encouraging students to participate,
lending a hand on a project, raising funds for the chapter,
or advocating for SADD with other parents and influential
adults in the community. Make sure parents are committed to
letting students complete tasks.
local media contacts who oversee the youth beat and keep them
apprised of SADD chapter activities. Getting media coverage
for SADD programming increases SADD chapter visibility and
support in the community and in the school. Develop a working
relationship with reporters and be sure to invite them to
SADD chapter events and programs.